Beach and dunes on the way to Ardnave Point, Isle of Islay

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Beach and dunes on the way to Ardnave Point, Isle of Islay

A view on the way from Ardnave along Loch Gruinart to Ardnave Point in the north west of Islay. Colonsay visible in the distance.

Wreck of the SS Wasa on Balnahard beach, Isle of Colonsay

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Picture of the wreck of an old steam ship on a beach, only a few planks and bolts remain
Wreck of the SS Wasa on Balnahard beach, Isle of Colonsay

Almost 100 years before this picture was taken in April 2019 the steam ship Wasa caught fire off Colonsay in May 1920. A nearby Fleetwood trawler was able to rescue 24 of the 28 aboard and towed the burning Wasa to Colonsay where she was beached at Balnahard (Tràigh Bàn). Today only parts of the keel held together by various iron bolts as well as some other metal parts remain. Washed up fishing nets are getting caught on the bolts.

Remains of an old cross at Cill Chaitriona, Isle of Colonsay

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Remains of an old cross at Cill Chaitriona, Isle of Colonsay

Just a few feet away from the remains of the old chapel Cill Chaitriona are these remains of an old cross. The arms have weathered away, but you can still make out where they used to be a few hundred years ago.